Preparing to be a Guest on the Show

πŸ‘ So you'll be joining us on the what?

This is the Awesome Dev Show, not the Sketchy Teleconferencing Show. Let's get you looking and sounding your best!

In the spirit of transparency, we're sharing our prep list for our guests publicly. Please feel free to link to this list and use its guidance to help you through your own production process, if you find this useful on other shows as well:

We use techniques refined by David in the DevRel world for remote productions: dual recordings during teleconferences to capture clean tracks, and a series of hand gestures and body language that makes post-production very quick. Here's what to expect as you join Tom and David as a guest on the Awesome Dev Show:

πŸ€” Before the Recording Day

  1. Please πŸ“₯ download, update, or locate software on your computer that will be able to record your audio and video on your own machine while you are on the remote meeting with our hosts. (Because remote meetings have a lot of delays in sync, we grab crystal-clear copies of everyone's audio and video from their end and combine them in post-production.)

  2. 🀝 Let Tom & David know your preferred meeting tool, and make sure you have it updated and ready to rock. There are many great options out there, but for various reasons so far we've been using:

    1. Google Hangouts

    2. Pro

    3. Jitsi Meet

  3. πŸ’½ Make some room! Recording HD audio and video takes up a depressingly large amount of space. File sizes of 50GB - 123GB should be expected, depending on the length of time we spend during recording. Ensuring you have enough available disk space in advance will ensure a smooth recording day. Let us know if this will be challenging for you, and we can work around it together.

  4. Check your Internet connection! If you need to find the best place in your house for WiFi, you can download NetSpot Free and map your space. If you can, plug in to a hardline RJ-45 on a nice Cat-8 cable with a Gigabit Ethernet USB-C adapter, or... let's talk. There are some settings on your home router for MIMO (that's Multiple In Multiple Out, not the also-very-cool brand for learning programming), and we can try different meeting services to get the right combination for a comfortable session if needed.

We discuss how we produce the show on our Tools page a bit, if you're looking for inspiration. Want to see more? Let us know. We coordinate our activities on Keybase, if you want to really geek out with us behind the scenes.

πŸ“† Recording Day

We will meet with you with recordings OFF, so we can say hello and settle in. As long as you've prepared the day-before items mentioned above, you should be almost ready! Please also remember:

  • β˜• A beverage or two, to keep you hydrated and speaking clearly

  • πŸ“΄ Notifications OFF on your system, mobile devices, and any smart home devices that may interrupt the recording

  • ⏺ RECORD!

    • 🧽 We need you to record a clean capture of your audio and video to replace the teleconference audio and video. We'll instruct you as we start and stop the recordings, so you can just think about the conversation.

    • 🚸 Let's keep it clean! Our kids are listening, and we aim for an environment where they can walk in any time and repeat what they hear in polite company. That said, speak comfortably. We will only edit or bleep to cap content at or about to a PG-13 rating.

  • πŸ’Ύ SAVE!

    • πŸ“€ Please send the highest quality (preferably original quality) file(s) that you can over to David to edit together with the other clean captures. Transmission methods may include:

  • πŸ˜‡ Would you give us your feedback on your experience as our guest? We'll be very grateful! One or both of us will stick around after we stop recording to debrief.

Recording day takes about one hour per episode, with about 30 minutes before and after the recording, for a total of about 2 hours. We generally record every Tuesday at 1130 Mountain Time (Colorado, USA), but this can change, so look at our calendar invite as the source of truth for your session(s).

🧹 Afterwards

πŸ”œ We will discuss the air date for your episode(s) as we schedule you, so you can keep an eye on when your segment or show will come out. We're currently approaching a six-week lead on our production, meaning that we have six episodes prepared ahead of schedule in case of any delays or interruptions in our regular production workflow. This does not always mean you're waiting six weeks for your segment or show to come out; in fact, it could be the very next one released. Our show calendar is a living document that you can subscribe to via Google Calendar if desired.

Before your episode airs, you will have the opportunity to review and veto any sections you would not like to go out to the world. Our desire is to create a comfortable, relaxed environment where everyone's ideas and opinions are respected and presented in their best, or at least most natural, light. How are we doing? Please let us know.

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